Yesterday, the Sun posted highly controversial footage of the Queen as a child appearing to raise her hand in a Nazi salute.
The photos and video from 1933 show a six-year-old Queen Elizabeth II mimicking her mother and Uncle Edward’s gesture.
Unsurprisingly, the story and the UK tabloid’s decision to publish it caused a lot of controversy – with some defending the Sun’s actions as important journalism, others outraged by the newspaper and many more just taking the p*ss.
Buckingham Palace defended the footage by saying it shows the royal family “playing” and “momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary news reels”.
Forget about that official explanation though, because the Express has apparently cracked the real reason behind the gesture.
The paper commissioned lip-reader Jessica Rees, who explained that the 17-second footage was “definitely not about Nazi salutes”.
The Queen Mother and Prince Edward are encouraging the children to wave – the Queen then encourages her sister, Margaret, to wave.Advertisement
So that’s that then. She was definitely just waving. Nothing else to see here, guys. Move along…